Carolina Theatre goes retro with comedy, sci-fi and horror
Friday at 7 p.m., the Carolina Theatre’s Retrotreasures film series presents a double feature of two classic mystery comedies from the 1930s: W.S. Van Dyke’s “After the Thin Man” (1936), starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and James Stewart; followed by Elliot Nugent’s “The Cat and the Canary” (1939), starring Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard and John Beal.
Saturday afternoon at 2, the Carolina’s Retrofantasm series presents “The Classic Sci-Fi Trailer Show,” a collection of 30 fantastic sci-fi trailers from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. Following that hour-long program, Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy classic “The Dark Crystal” will show. Saturday at 7 p.m., “The Classic Horror Trailer Show,” featuring 36 horror trailers from the ’70s and ’80s, will screen. Following that program, which also runs an hour, is a screening of Bernard Rose’s 1992 cult favorite “Candyman.” Admission to each double bill is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art, the Winter Films series continues with Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 musical rom-com “Strictly Ballroom,” starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice and Bill Hunter. It starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Saturday at The Cary Theater in Cary, Fernando León de Aranoa’s 2015 drama “A Perfect Day,” will screen at 7 p.m., followed by Nicholas Hytner’s 2015 comedy drama “The Lady in the Van,” at 9:30. There is an encore screening of “The Lady in the Van” on Sunday afternoon at 2. Tuesday, in conjunction with The Modern School of Film, the “Frame-By-Frame” cinema study series continues with a 7 p.m. screening of Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic “Rashomon.” Wednesday at 7 p.m., The Cary hosts the free event, “Forum on North Carolina Film Industry,” moderated by Beth Yerxa, Executive Director of Triangle ArtWorks. Thursday at 10 a.m there is a screening of Howard E. Baker and Arish Fyzee’s 2008 animated family feature “Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare.” That night at 7, The Cary hosts “Unexposed Presents: The Song of Myself,” a program consisting of short films by N.C.-based filmmakers (free). Most tickets are $3-$5 per film (the Frame-By-Frame event is $8-$10). Info: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Sunday night at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh, the Cinema Inc. series continues their 50th season with a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 comedy drama “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” starring Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas and Julieta Serrano. 7 pm. Subscriptions for the rest of the season are sold out, but those interested in subscribing for 2016-2017 can send their contact information to email@example.com.